Ethiopia’s Sophia Bekele says interest high for Dot Africa domain

August 18th, 2010 | by addis portal |

Sophia Bekele, the Ethiopian born founder and executive director of DotConnectAfrica (DCA), the nonprofit umbrella organization for the .africa domain initiative, said interest for a Dot Africa domain is very high.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has yet to approve the top-level domain(TLD) name .Africa.

Bekele, a policy adviser to ICANN between 2005 and 2007, said the idea for an .africa domain came up at the time she advised ICANN on existing top-level domains like .com and .org, and geographical names like .eu and .asia.

“I asked why not .africa? I initially went to the existing African grouping and African persons serving on the board, and I was told it was a very difficult task getting the African governments to agree,” she said.

Bekele said she has spent the past two years working with the African Union’s (AU) infrastructure commission to get the endorsements required for the application to ICANN.

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